Seahawk Men's Basketball Topples Harrisburg

Matt Ayoub '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Matt Ayoub '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 83, Penn State Harrisburg 71
  • Records: St. Mary's (3-12, 2-6 CAC), Penn State Harrisburg (5-10, 1-7 CAC)
  • Location: Middletown, Pa. – Capital Union Building Gymnasium
  • The Short Story: Four starters reached the double-digit plateau as the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team snapped their six-game skid Saturday afternoon. St. Mary's left Middletown, Pa., with an 83-71 Capital Athletic Conference win over the host Penn State Harrisburg Lions behind sophomore guard Matt Ayoub's (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) 17 points off the bench.

How It Happened

  • After a Chris Bing dunk gave Harrisburg its largest lead of the game of six at the 13:39-minute mark, the Seahawks took over and used a 29-11 run to stake a 41-29 lead on a three-pointer by sophomore wing Jerrel Elder II (Schweinfurt, Germany/Meade [Md.]) with 2:23 left in the half.
  • For only the fourth time this season, St. Mary's headed into the locker room with a halftime advantage as the team boasted a 45-34 lead at the break. The Seahawks are now 2-2 on the season when leading at halftime.
  • Senior guard Ochae Bynum (Waldorf, Md./North Point) and the Lions' Brandon Coleman shared scoring honors at halftime with 11 points each while Trent Thomas was perfect in the first half, going 3-for-3 (2-2 3FG) from the field and 2-for-2 at the line for 10 points in the first 20 minutes.
  • The Seahawks continued to roll in the second stanza, bolstering their lead to 23 points on a Bynum three-pointer at 13:06.
  • Harrisburg rallied to within nine with 1:17 to go on a layup by Keenan Wise but went 0-for-4 from downtown the rest of the way while St. Mary's sealed the deal with a 3-for-5 effort at the line.

Inside the Box Score

  • Today's 12-point win is the Seahawks' largest margin of victory this season.
  • St. Mary's was on fire in the first half, shooting a blistering 69.2% from the field for its best first-half field goal percentage of the season. The Seahawks went on to finish the day with a season-best 60.4-field goal percentage, their best since shooting 60% at Greensboro College on December 30, 2017.
  • The team also drained a season-high 11 three-point field goals, their highest total since making eight triples at Shenandoah University on November 17, 2017. In addition, St. Mary's posted its best three-point field goal percentage of the season, making 57.9% (11-19).
  • Along with his team-best 17 points, Ayoub contributed two rebounds and two steals while Bynum finished the day with 16 points, a season-best four steals, four boards, and four assists.
  • Sophomore forward Quentin Twyman (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) put up a career-best 14 points behind career-highs of five field goals and four three-point field goals while chipping in four caroms and a career-best two helpers.
  • Sophomore guard Reggie Rouse (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) collected a career-best 12 points as Rouse made career-highs of four field goals and four free throws while notching a career-best three steals, a season-high three dimes, and two rebounds.
  • Rounding out the double-figure scoring for the Seahawks was sophomore forward Jamal Murphy (Waldorf, Md./Westlake). Murphy tallied a season-best 10 points and a career-high five boards.
  • Harrisburg had four players score in double-digits as Wise and Coleman led the way with 18 points each while Thomas finished with 14.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Jan. 17 vs. No. 8 York College of Pennsylvania (15-0, 8-0 CAC) – Michael P. O'Brien ARC Arena – CAC game – 6:00 p.m. 

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